Oct 4, 2012 3:00am PDT
everybody is asking is what happened to the moderator? what happened to jim lehrer? he might as well not even showed up last night. he lost control of the debate and mitt romney ran all over him like a truck crushing a bug. we don't need a moderator for the next debate. we didn't have one last night. we'll talk about it, who won who lost, is it going to change anything. first, let's take a little time out to get the latest, today's current news update as always from lisa ferguson out in los angeles. hi lisa, good morning. >> hey bill, welcome back. it is a good day to be back. good morning everyone. with the first debate under their belts the candidates are back on the campaign trail today. president obama starts out where he left off in denver then he heads to madison wisconsin. joe biden is in iowa and mitt romney is in virginia. but who wants to talk about all of that when what you really want to talk about is the debates. a lot of claims thrown around last night. we're going to do some fact checking for you this morning. but first let's start out with a bit of a recap. of th
Oct 3, 2012 5:00pm PDT
immediately. i think a lot of this depends on jim lehrer. i think how aggressive will he be in the questioning and follow ups? will he become a bipartisan advocate going after inconsistencies? >> jennifer: the format is a little more flexible. so there's an opportunity for mitt romney to not only get his licks in but in response to the president as well. and if he doesn't come out swinging, i think he has let an opportunity pass. >> cenk: and on the other hand john, he can overstep if he is too disrespectful to the president. >> john: of course. yeah i'm here for zinger watch 2012. and i found it curious when his campaign leaked that he was rehearsing his ad libs a few days ago. but it's worth pointing out governor romney has only debated democrats twice in his career. he did a great job in the primary season not getting too flustered. but when you are being pummelled by seven other candidates it's pretty tough unless it is gingrich, santorum and bachmann. >> when they said zingers, i didn't interpret it that he was going to come out and be funny. because he is not a funny guy. >>
Oct 3, 2012 10:00pm PDT
politics. jim lehrer is already seated ready to go and he'll do the standard introductions. any memorable moments from debates in the past that you remember eliot? >> then only one -- seeing this ten seconds to go brings it back. i had a problem with one of my opponents that had a binder on the lectern and the moderator had to run up and take it off. and i think it totally threw my opponent. >> al gore: i think the single best line is when ronald reagan said i'm not going to make an issue of age and hold my opponent's age against him. great good humor, funny, but it ended the race. >> cenk: yeah to the point we were discussing earlier about substance, you know, one of the most memorable moments was when george hw bush looked at his watch. here we go. >> i'm jim lehrer and i welcome you to the first of the 2012 presidential debates between president barack obama, the democratic nominee, and form massachusetts governor mitt romney, the republican nominee. this debate as the next three, two presidential one vice presidential are sponsored by the commission on presidential debates.
Oct 3, 2012 6:00am PDT
debates does have strict rules. moderator jim lehrer will open each 15-minute segment with a question and each candidate will have two minutes to answer. lehrer will use the remaining time for follow-up questions and discussion. the candidates are not allowed to ask each on or about questions. -- to ask each other questions. he and mitt romney will alternate. we have not yet gotten the rules on our stephanie miller predetate show. i assume there will be more conversation between us than that. we're back after the break. stay with us. commentary. >> you're going to hear that used as a major talking point. (vo) the only network with real-time reaction straight from the campaigns and from viewers like you. >>now that's politically direct. [ ♪ theme music ♪ ] >> announcer: ladies and >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, it's "the stephanie miller show." ♪ i'm walkin' on sunshine ♪ ♪ i'm walkin' on sunshine ♪ ♪ and it's time to feel good ♪ ♪ hey, all right now ♪ ♪ and it's time to feel good ♪ >> stephanie: yes, it is the "the stephanie miller show." welcome to it. si
Oct 2, 2012 5:00pm PDT
with glen, there is a lot righting -- riding on jim lehrer. each segment is 15 minutes long. he asks a question and they each get two minutes to respond. for the next 11 minutes, they can talk to each other. jim lehrer can stay out of it. there could be a lot of interaction there. >> eliot: debates are at their best when they come closest to what is cross-examination in a courtroom. i speaks a lawyer, prosecutor, i suppose. but i have enormous respect for that capacity of an advocate who disagrees with a proposition to ask the hard questions and elicit the truth. i think -- mitt romney must be worried about that. if jim lehrer decides to drill down on what by mitt romney's own characterization is an etch-a-sketch campaign, they could breed significant problems for him. >> it is not an easy job moderating debates under that format. interesting to see. they could talk about immigration because of the border agent shot today. there are a lot of different things that both candidates have to prepare for. >> eliot: one thing i would say is these are two unbelievably smart individuals.
Oct 4, 2012 6:00am PDT
. not only did the president not come out fighting but jim lehrer didn't say anything either. that was the most frustrating part is that i do appreciate the need for equal time and give people the opportunity to speak, but if we're going to have a debate where there has got to be some moderation on the substance, you can't just stand there and spew what you want. >> stephanie: yeah, did you think because of how much mitt romney was talking and filibustered that the president felt like it was too late? >> i think he got bogged down in the weeds. and he had trouble explaining where mitt romney was lying. i think there are easy ways to relate to people when it comes to how you talk about health care, because everybody has a personal experience that they can relate to. so i don't know why he personally has so much difficulty but that was a perfect opportunity to slam him on that lie. >> it seemed like they were playing by different rules. >> yeah. >> and i do think the cut a ways didn't do romney any good. he did look smug and smirking and it was really obnoxious the look on his face. i kn
Oct 4, 2012 4:00pm PDT
to the moderator issue. jim lehrer was criticized. watch this. >> right right. >> let's just stay on taxes. >> well, but virtually everything he just said about my tax plan is inaccurate. >> all right. >> we're way over our first 15 minutes. >> fun. >> it's great: no problem. if you don't have a problem. i don't have a problem. >> jim, the president began the segment so i think i get the last word. >> but i think you get the first word in the next segment. >> but he got the first word and-- >> cenk: that was not president. jim lehrer put out a statement. i thought the for nat accomplished its purpose which was facility direct extended exchanging between the candidates about issues of substance. him getting out of the way and letting them debate, i got no problems with that but isn't the role of the journalist to challenge these guys whether it's president obama or mitt romney so we have a clearer sense of what they are policy plans and proposals? >> that was the sense that lehrer lost control of it. there were no comebacks from him, well, what do you mean by $716 billion? is that rea